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Ernst Theis

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Ernst Theis

Ernst Theis, a native of Upper Austria, studied in Vienna at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (today’s University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna). His first appearances as a conductor were with the orchestra Österreichische Kammersymphoniker [Austrian Chamber Symphony]; as this ensemble’s artistic director and general manager from 1991–2003. In 1996 was asked to substitute on short notice at the Vienna Volksoper—which thereafter hired him; he subsequently spent nearly four years at this opera house as a conductor. In 1996 he took part in an international conducting competition with Peter Eötvös as the jury chair during the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and he succeeded in taking first place.

From 2003 to 2013, Theis served as head conductor of Staatsoperette Dresden, which was embroiled in a serious crisis when he arrived. His thoroughly visionary conceptual approach to their artistic work together paved this theatre ensemble’s way into the recording market and a new theater building was opened in 2016.

In the last many years his career then saw him work with numerous orchestras in Austria and abroad such as the the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Academic State Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the orchestras of the radios stations of Munich, Cologne, Hannover, Saarbrücken/Kaiserlautern, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Then Ernst Theis recently became an artist of the renowned Japanese agency JAPAN ARTS. In June 1918 he will have his debut with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013, after 10 years at the helm, Ernst Theis left the Staatsoperette Dresden in order to have time to devote himself to new ideas. Has also remained true to established concepts like his project RadioMusiken, in which he is producing recordings together with Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting, MDR). Today, Ernst Theis covers an artistic range that runs from early Viennese Classicism to the avant-garde, working successfully with numerous orchestras on various continents. Since 2016 he has been director of the Festival KLANGBADHALL. (


Julia Lukjanova
Artist Management

Direkter Kontakt
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For Japan

Japan Arts

direct contact
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